Classless Laker Fans Get Rowdy in Loss to Cavs
Of the five Christmas day games the Lakers-Cavaliers game was without question the most highly anticipated. The Lakers came into the match 23-4 overall and 16-2 at home as they rocked their home whites. Cleveland needed to make a statement to the rest of the league, but specifically to the eastern conference showing everybody they could compete with the best team in the league.
Kobe Bryant began the first quarter hot hitting his first two shots but slowly became cold. Lebron, and the rest of the Cavaliers had a hard time missing any shots and were up by four points at the end of the period.
When Cleveland's second team took the floor against Kobe in the beginning of the second, it looked like the Lakers would take advantage and close the gap. Instead, the Lakers missed shots left and right and the Cavs second squad outscored the Lakers significantly. Delonte West stepped up in the second quarter hitting contested jumpers and ending with seven points at halftime. Mo Williams also stepped up big in the first half and at intermission had 11 points with the Cavaliers leading 51-42.
The second half only became uglier for the Lakers as the Cavs were simply unconscious. Lebron, Mo Williams, and Shaq all made shots and put the Cavaliers up by 21 at one point. Kobe Bryant had a tough time getting any calls from the refs. Many drives in the middle of the paint led to turnovers for Kobe and the Cavaliers capitalized on most of them.
The Lakers were very upset that they weren't receiving any calls and Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Lamar Odom all received technical fouls. Lamar picked up his second technical with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
It was only shortly after Odom was ejected that fans at the Staples Center started throwing foam fingers onto the court, and it wasn't just one or two. Around 20-25 foam fingers made their way to the Staples Center floor, and Lebron recalled in an interview after the game that he even saw a water bottle fly. Obviously is shows a lack of class on the part of the Lakers fans, but you can definitely see where they were coming from. Their team, the best team in the league, was given a thorough beat down on their home floor on Christmas. If I had to put my Lakers jersey on, I'd say the Lakers weren't getting enough calls. And even though this is a Cavaliers blog, I'll still admit that Kobe Bryant didn't get enough calls.
The most interesting part of the short pause in play was the leadership shown by Lebron James. As the foam fingers flew onto the court, Lebron gathered his team together until the madness stopped. Not that any of the Cavalier players were going to do anything stupid, but it showed tremendous maturity by the King.
Although it seemed like nothing went right for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant did end the game just shy of a triple-double with 35 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Who was the next leading scorer for the Lakers? Ron Artest finished the game with 13 points. Both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol had sub-par games and combined to score only 15 points.
Leading the Cavaliers was actually another member of the team. Ever heard of Mo Williams? It seems like Lebron leads the Cavaliers every night and you would assume he would on a highly anticipated Christmas day game too. Mo scored 28 points on 8-13 shooting and also had seven assists and six rebounds. Mo also made all of his three-point attempts and went 9-10 from the charity stripe. Lebron James, however, was not too far off with 26 points, nine assist, and four rebounds.
Full Moon in Los Angeles
You know I had to give my boy Jamario Moon a shoutout. I was just happy to see he suited up after having nursed a groin injury for the past four games, but Moon was a key role off the bench for the Cavaliers. Moon's first three baskets were alley-oops which silenced the crowd in LA followed by a couple of nice pull-up jumpers. Jamario finished with 13 points on 6-7 shooting. The most surprising thing about Moon's game was not the three-pointer he banked with the shot clock winding down, it came during the third quarter. Moon has been reluctant to drive for the Cavaliers and looks uncomfortable handling the ball at the top of the key. In the third quarter he specifically called out Anderson Varejao to set him a screen and then drilled a jumper just inside the three-point line.
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